Lagos Island stood still yesterday for the Lagos Carnival 2013 that marked the end of the Black Heritage Festival.
Leadership observed that the entire arena of the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) was filled to capacity, just as the crowd outside the arena was unable to gain access into the main arena.
The free buses provided by the state government and the no-gate pass gave tourists and fun seekers the opportunity to relish the carnival.
The junior carnival procession spanned from the National Musuem through King George V Road, Igbosere Ajele Stadium and Catholic Mission Street to the TBS.
The adult carnival also saw participants dressed in special costumes move from Bourdillion Road to Giwa Barracks, Falomo Roundabout, Awolowo Road through to TBS.
Vehicular movement was restricted in some areas to allow for easy movement of the carnival processions.
In his brief remarks after the carnival, the Lagos State governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola said the state had achieved a global calendar that makes it a tourists' destination during Easter.
Fashola said the event had significant economic impact on the lives of the citizens, saying all the costumes used are locally produced by students of the state's skills acquisition centres.
Basking in the euphoria of success he said hotels in the state were filled up as businesses recorded higher sales, stressing that the tradition of the carnival means a lot to the residents.